AT&T’s new 5-Gig and 2-Gig Fiber Internet is here, starting at $110 per month
AT&T rolls out 2Gbps and 5Gbps speed levels for his fiber optic internet option. The company made the announcement to kick off its Life Gigified event, where new and existing AT&T Fiber customers will soon be able to take advantage of these multi-gig connections.
If you don’t know what multi-gig is, it means a single connection that offers speeds greater than 1 Gbps. And because it is a fiber optic connection, this speed goes both ways. “It’s symmetrical; your upload and download speeds are the same.” Chris Sambar, AT&T’s executive vice president of technology operations, said in an interview with: The edge.
AT&T’s new multi-gig speeds require Wi-Fi 6 technology for “optimum” performance, meaning you’ll probably want to upgrade your router. But Sambar told The edge it will provide customers with its multi-gig and Wi-Fi 6 compatible BGW320 Gateway so when you sign up for its fiber optic service, you don’t need to buy any new equipment. AT&T may eventually offer even faster speeds; the company says it has achieved speeds of 10 Gbps in a lab environment.
The 2Gbps plan costs $110 per month, while the 5Gbps plan costs $180 per month. However, business plans cost a little more: $225/month for 2Gbps and $395/month for 5Gbps. AT&T is also introducing “easy pricing” for all of its Fiber plans, which it says will eliminate equipment costs, annual contracts, data caps and 12-month price increases for new customers. The new plans come with a free HBO Max subscription and also: ActiveArmor, AT&T’s cybersecurity service.
These new speed levels will be available in more than 70 metro areas, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. AT&T currently offers its fiber optic network near cities across the southern, midwestern and western parts of the US, but it plans to expand its service network to 30 million customers by 2025. Sambar says the locations that support multi-gig speeds will have access to both 2Gbps and 5Gbps plans.
Previously, AT&T’s fiber speeds ranged from 300 Mbps to 1 Gbps. The move to multi-gig territory follows the rollout of Google Fiber’s 2 Gbps in 2020 and Comcast’s 3 Gbps offering at $299/month. AT&T offers more information about the new speeds on his site.
Update Jan 24 1:20 PM ET: Updated to add a statement and additional context from Chris Sambar, Executive Vice President of AT&T’s Technology Operations.